[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 163 (Tuesday, August 23, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 52659-52662]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-21562]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0621; FRL-9455-5]


Access by EPA Contractors to Confidential Business Information 
(CBI) Related to the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: EPA's Office of Atmospheric Programs plans to authorize the 
contractors named in this notice to access information that will be 
submitted to EPA under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program that may be 
designated or claimed as confidential business information. Contractor 
access to this information will begin on August 29, 2011.

DATES: EPA will accept comments on this Notice through August 29, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. 
EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0621 by any of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
online instructions for submitting comments.
E-mail: [email protected]. Include Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2011-0621 in the subject line of the message.
Fax: (202) 566-9744.
Mail: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), 
Mailcode 2822T, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0621, 1200 
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004.
Hand/Courier Delivery: EPA Docket Center, Public Reading Room, EPA West 
Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 
20004. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal 
hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for 
deliveries of boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2011-0621. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included 
in the public docket without change and may be made available online at 
http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be 
confidential business information (CBI) or other information whose 
disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you 
consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site 
is an ``anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your 
identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of 
your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without 
going through http://www.regulations.gov your e-mail address will be 
automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is 
placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you 
submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name 
and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any 
disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to 
technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA 
may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid 
the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of 
any defects or viruses.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carole Cook, Climate Change Division, 
Office of Atmospheric Programs (MC-6207J), Environmental Protection 
Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone 
number: (202) 343-9263; fax number: (202) 343-2342; e-mail address: 
GHGReportingR[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background and Comment Information

A. Does this notice apply to me?

    This notice is directed to the general public. However, this action 
may be of particular interest to parties subject to the requirements of 
40 CFR part 98. If you have further questions regarding the 
applicability of this action to a particular party, please contact the 
person listed in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

B. How can I get copies of this document and other related information?

1. Electronically
    EPA has included a public docket for this Federal Register notice 
under Docket EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0621.
    All documents in the docket are identified in the docket index 
available at http://www.regulations.gov. Although listed in the index, 
some information is not publicly available, such as confidential 
business information (CBI) or other information for which disclosure is 
restricted by statute. Certain materials, such as copyrighted material, 
will only be available in hard copy at the EPA Docket Center.
2. EPA Docket Center
    Materials listed under Docket EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0621 will be 
available for public viewing at the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA 
West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. 
The EPA Docket Center Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 
4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The 
telephone number for the Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the 
telephone number for the Air Docket is (202) 566-1742.

B. What should I consider as I prepare my comments to EPA?

1. Submitting CBI in Response to This Notice
    Clearly mark the part or all of the comments that you claim to be 
CBI submitted in response to this notice. For CBI information in a disk 
or CD ROM that you mail to EPA, mark the outside of the disk or CD ROM 
as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD ROM the 
specific information that is claimed as CBI. In addition to one 
complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as 
CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information 
claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket. 
Information marked as CBI will not be disclosed except in accordance 
with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2.
    If you have any questions about CBI or the procedures for claiming 
CBI, please consult the person identified in the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section.
2. Tips for Preparing Your Comments
    When submitting comments, remember to:
    Identify this Notice by docket number and other identifying 
information (e.g., subject heading, Federal Register date and page 
number).

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    Follow directions. EPA may ask you to respond to specific questions 
or organize comments by referencing a CFR part or section number.
    Describe any assumptions and provide any technical information and/
or data that you used.
    Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns and suggest 
alternatives. Explain your views as clearly as possible, avoiding the 
use of profanity or personal threats.
    Make sure to submit your comments by the deadline identified in the 
preceding section titled DATES. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be 
sure to identify the docket ID number assigned to this action in the 
subject line on the first page of your response. You may also provide 
the name, date, and Federal Register citation.

II. Description of Programs and Potential Disclosure of Information 
Claimed as Confidential Business Information to Contractors

    EPA's Office of Atmospheric Programs (OAP) has responsibility for 
protecting public health and the environment by addressing climate 
change, protecting the ozone layer, and improving regional air quality. 
In response to the FY2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2764; 
Pub. L. 110-161), EPA created the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program 
(GHGRP), 40 CFR part 98 (part 98), which requires reporting of 
greenhouse gas (GHG) data and other relevant information from large 
sources and suppliers in the United States. The purpose of part 98 is 
to collect accurate and timely GHG data to inform future policy 
decisions. Some of the information submitted is designated or claimed 
to be CBI. Such information is handled in accordance with EPA's 
regulations in 40 CFR part 2, subpart B and in accordance with EPA 
procedures that are consistent with those regulations.
    EPA has, at times, determined that it is necessary to disclose to 
EPA contractors certain information that has been designated or claimed 
as CBI. When this occurs, the corresponding contract must address the 
appropriate use and handling of the information by the contractor. In 
every instance, the contractor must require its personnel who need 
access to information designated or claimed as CBI to sign written 
agreements before they are granted access to the data.
    In accordance with 40 CFR 2.301(h), EPA has determined that the 
contractors, subcontractors, and grantees (collectively referred to as 
``contractors'') listed below require access to data submitted to EPA 
under the GHGRP that is designated or claimed as CBI. EPA is providing 
notice and an opportunity to comment and is issuing this Federal 
Register notice to inform all reporters of information under part 98 
that EPA plans to grant access to material that may be designated or 
claimed as CBI to the contractors identified below, as needed.
    Under Contract Number GS-10F-0036K, Eastern Research Group, 110 
Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421, provides technical support that 
requires access to information designated or claimed as CBI related to 
the GHGRP including, but not limited to, research on data elements for 
all subparts. Access to data, including information designated or 
claimed as CBI, will commence on August 29, 2011 and will continue 
until the termination of this contract. If the contract is extended, 
this access will continue for the remainder of the contract and any 
further extensions without further notice.
    Under Contract Number EP-W-07-067 Task Order 76, Eastern Research 
Group, 110 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421, provides technical 
support that requires access to information designated or claimed as 
CBI related to the GHGRP, including, but not limited to, 40 CFR part 
98, subparts H and FF. Access to data, including information designated 
or claimed as CBI, will commence on August 29, 2011 and will continue 
until the termination of this contract. If the contract is extended, 
this access will continue for the remainder of the contract and any 
further extensions without further notice.
    Under Contract Number EP-W-07-099 Task Order 19, Eastern Research 
Group, 2300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 350, Arlington, VA 22201, provides 
technical support that requires access to information designated or 
claimed as CBI related to the GHGRP, including, but not limited to, 
supporting field inspections for any source category. Access to data, 
including information designated or claimed as CBI, will commence on 
August 29, 2011 and will continue until the termination of this 
contract. If the contract is extended, this access will continue for 
the remainder of the contract and any further extensions without 
further notice.
    Under Contract Number EP-W-07-068 Task Order 100, ICF 
International, 9300 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031, and its 
subcontractor, Advanced Resources International, 4501 Fairfax Drive, 
Suite 910, Arlington, VA 22203, provide technical support that requires 
access to information designated or claimed as CBI related to the 
GHGRP, including, but not limited to, 40 CFR part 98, subparts PP, RR, 
and UU. Access to data, including information designated or claimed as 
CBI, will commence on August 29, 2011 and will continue until the 
termination of this contract. If the contract is extended, this access 
will continue for the remainder of the contract and any further 
extensions without further notice.
    Under Contract Number EP-W-07-068 Task Order 91, ICF International, 
1725 I Street, NW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20006, and its 
subcontractors, Glew Engineering, 240 Pamela Drive, Mountain View, CA 
94040, J Marks & Associates, L.L.C., 312 NE. Brockton Drive, Lee 
Summit, MO 64064, and Donald Wubbles, 105 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL 
61801, provide technical support that requires access to information 
designated or claimed as CBI related to the GHGRP, including, but not 
limited to, 40 CFR part 98, subparts F, I, T, DD, OO, QQ, and SS, as 
well as Best Available Monitoring Method (BAMM) petitions. Access to 
data, including information designated or claimed as CBI, will commence 
on August 29, 2011 and will continue until the termination of this 
contract. If the contract is extended, this access will continue for 
the remainder of the contract and any further extensions without 
further notice.
    Under Contract Number EP-W-07-068 Task Order 93, ICF International, 
9300 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031, provides technical support that 
requires access to information designated or claimed as CBI related to 
the GHGRP, including, but not limited to, 40 CFR part 98, subparts NN 
and P. Access to data, including information designated or claimed as 
CBI, will commence on August 29, 2011 and will continue until the 
termination of this contract. If the contract is extended, this access 
will continue for the remainder of the contract and any further 
extensions without further notice.
    Under Contract Number EP-W-07-068 Task Order 66, ICF International, 
9300 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031, provides technical support that 
requires access to information designated or claimed as CBI related to 
the GHGRP, including, but not limited to, 40 CFR part 98, subpart W, as 
well as BAMM petitions. Access to data, including information 
designated or claimed as CBI, will commence on August 29, 2011 and will 
continue until the termination of this contract. If the contract is 
extended, this access will continue for the remainder of the contract 
and any further extensions without further notice.
    Under Contract Number EP-W-07-069 Task Order 21, RTI International, 
PO Box 12194, 3040 Cornwallis Road,

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Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, provides technical support that 
requires access to information designated or claimed as CBI related to 
the GHGRP, including, but not limited to, 40 CFR part 98, subparts HH 
and TT. Access to data, including information designated or claimed as 
CBI, will commence on August 29, 2011 and will continue until the 
termination of this contract. If the contract is extended, this access 
will continue for the remainder of the contract and any further 
extensions without further notice.
    Under Contract Number EP-W-07-069 Task Order 28, RTI International, 
PO Box 12194, 3040 Cornwallis Road, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, 
provides technical support that requires access to information 
designated or claimed as CBI related to the GHGRP including, but not 
limited to, 40 CFR part 98, subparts L and O, as well as BAMM 
petitions. Access to data, including information designated or claimed 
as CBI, will commence on August 29, 2011 and will continue until the 
termination of this contract. If the contract is extended, this access 
will continue for the remainder of the contract and any further 
extensions without further notice.
    Under Contract Number EP-W-07-069 Task Order 29, RTI International, 
PO Box 12194, 3040 Cornwallis Road, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, 
provides technical support that requires access to information 
designated or claimed as CBI related to the GHGRP, including, but not 
limited to, 40 CFR part 98, subparts C, D, E, G, K, N, Q, R, S, U, V, 
X, Y, Z, AA, BB, CC, EE, GG, LL, and MM. Access to data, including 
information designated or claimed as CBI, will commence on August 29, 
2011 and will continue until the termination of this contract. If the 
contract is extended, this access will continue for the remainder of 
the contract and any further extensions without further notice.
    Under Contract Number EP-W-07-070 Task Order 8, Science 
Applications International Corporation (SAIC), 1710 SAIC Drive, McLean, 
VA 22102, and its subcontractor, Federal Working Group, 508 Lincoln 
Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046, provide technical support that requires 
access to information designated or claimed as CBI related to the 
GHGRP, including, but not limited to, information technology 
development and support for 40 CFR part 98. Access to data, including 
information designated or claimed as CBI, will commence on August 29, 
2011 and will continue until the termination of this contract. If the 
contract is extended, this access will continue for the remainder of 
the contract and any further extensions without further notice.
    Under Contract Number EP-W-07-071 Task Order 13, SRA International, 
Inc., 652 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 
22911, provides technical support that requires access to information 
designated or claimed as CBI related to the GHGRP, including, but not 
limited to, 40 CFR part 98, subpart C, as well as BAMM petitions. 
Access to data, including information designated or claimed as CBI, 
will commence on August 29, 2011 and will continue until the 
termination of this contract. If the contract is extended, this access 
will continue for the remainder of the contract and any further 
extensions without further notice.
    Under Contract Number EP-W-07-071 Task Order 15, SRA International, 
Inc., 4300 Fair Lakes Court, Fairfax, Virginia 22033, and its 
subcontractor, Rabbit Software, LLC, 1657 Old Brook Road, 
Charlottesville, VA 22901, provide technical support that requires 
access to information designated or claimed as CBI related to the 
GHGRP, including, but not limited to, verification of data submitted 
through the electronic-Greenhouse Gas Reporting Tool (e-GGRT). Access 
to data, including information designated or claimed as CBI, will 
commence on August 29, 2011 and will continue until the termination of 
this contract. If the contract is extended, this access will continue 
for the remainder of the contract and any further extensions without 
further notice.
    Under Contract Number EP-W-07-064 Work Assignment No. 3-10, SRA 
International, Inc., 652 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, 
Charlottesville, VA 22911, provides technical support that requires 
access to information designated or claimed as CBI related to the 
GHGRP, including, but not limited to, information technology and 
computer system development and support for 40 CFR part 98. Access to 
data, including information designated or claimed as CBI, will commence 
on August 29, 2011 and will continue until the termination of this 
contract. If the contract is extended, this access will continue for 
the remainder of the contract and any further extensions without 
further notice.
    Under Contract Number GS-35F4381G Task Order 1659, CSC, 15000 
Conference Center Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151, and its contractors, ITM 
Associates, Inc., 1700 Rockville Pike, Suite 350, Rockville, MD 20852, 
Excel Management Systems, 691 N. High Street, 2nd floor, Columbus, OH 
43215, and KForce, 12010 Sunset Hill Road, Reston, VA 20190, provide 
technical support that requires access to information designated or 
claimed as CBI related to the GHGRP, including, but not limited to, 
maintenance of the e-GGRT server(s) and other information technology 
related efforts. Access to data, including information designated or 
claimed as CBI, will commence on August 29, 2011 and will continue 
until the termination of this contract. If the contract is extended, 
this access will continue for the remainder of the contract and any 
further extensions without further notice.
    Under Contract Number GS-35F-4461G Task Order 1668, Science 
Applications International Corporation (SAIC), 10260 Campus Point 
Drive, San Diego, CA 92121, and its contractors, Federated IT, Inc., 
1200 G Street, NW., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005, Intervise 
Consultants, Inc., 10110 Molecular Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 
20850, and Premier Technical Services, 312 Main Street, Luray, VA 
22835, provide technical support that requires access to information 
designated or claimed as CBI related to the GHGRP, including, but not 
limited to, maintenance of the e-GGRT server(s) and other information 
technology related efforts. Access to data, including information 
designated or claimed as CBI, will commence on August 29, 2011 and will 
continue until the termination of this contract. If the contract is 
extended, this access will continue for the remainder of the contract 
and any further extensions without further notice.
    Under Contract Number GS-35F-4797H Task Order EP-G11D-00056, CGI, 
12601 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax, VA 22033, and its subcontractors, 
FedConcepts, 101 Log Canoe Circle, Suite M, Stevensville, MD 21666, and 
Raytheon Company, 5700 Rivertech Court, Riverdale, MD 20737, provide 
technical support that requires access to information designated or 
claimed as CBI related to the GHGRP, including, but not limited to, 
maintenance of the e-GGRT server(s) and other information technology 
related efforts. Access to data, including information designated or 
claimed as CBI, will commence on August 29, 2011 and will continue 
until the termination of this contract. If the contract is extended, 
this access will continue for the remainder of the contract and any 
further extensions without further notice.
    Parties who wish further information about this Federal Register 
notice or about OAP's disclosure of information designated or claimed 
as CBI to contactors may contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.


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    Dated: August 17, 2011.
Elizabeth Craig,
Acting Director, Office of Atmospheric Programs.
[FR Doc. 2011-21562 Filed 8-22-11; 8:45 am]
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